Turkish Airlines has reintroduced its signature Business Class benefits as flight passenger demand starts to pick up.

The carrier is now operating its ‘Exclusive Drive’ transfer service for flights to 20 destinations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and 11 in the US and Canada.

While many of the airline’s premium lounges have been closed or operating to reduced hours during the pandemic, the Miles and Smiles lounge, Domestic lounge, the Ankara ESB Domestic lounge and lounges in Washington and Bangkok are now open again and the Moscow lounge will be opening soon. All open lounges are serving food with covered lids for enhanced hygiene and safety.

In addition, Business, Economy and Corporate Club passengers are now offered immediate access to the terminal at IGA Istanbul Airport via entrance number five, rather than wait in a queue with other departing passengers.

The pandemic had seen Turkish temporarily suspend the quality hot food for which it is known and instead, serve cold boxed meals. However, following guest feedback, hot meals, including Turkish cuisine favourites, as well as hot beverages, have been reinstated, with more choice offered on flights of two hours or more.

The popular buffet cart in Business Class remains suspended due to health and safety protocols with individual pre-prepared meals served instead.

When it comes to in-flight products and services, Versace and Molton Brown amenity kits are now being handed out again, as are children’s packs and toys and noise-cancelling headphones by DENON.

In-flight print magazines and newspapers have been replaced by a digital option following Turkish Airlines’ tie-up with the PressReader application, which offers 7,000+ digital publications from 120+ countries with more than 60 languages available.

All passengers are given a hygiene kit containing a mask, a bottle of hand sanitiser and antiseptic wipes.